Today, pets are living longer with minimized suffering thanks to pet hospices. As with humans, pet hospice provides care, comfort, and compassion for elderly or terminally ill cats and dogs when they cannot be cured. It ensures that the pet has the best possible quality of life during the final stage of life. Northeast Ohio Mobile Veterinary Care has created the Rainbow Bridge Pet Hospice and Senior Care. As many animal lovers probably know, the hospice is named after the beautiful poem where pets who have departed passed over the Rainbow Bridge playing and running, as they wait to be reunited with their guardians.
Dr. Sharmyn Clark, owner and founder of Mobile Veterinary Care, has always provided hospice care for her clients but has had a closed practice for the past 12 years. It was heart breaking not be able to help the thousands of calls she has received over the years so she decided to expand and provide service to a much larger area. Dr. Gretchen Kocher, who specializes in house calls, hospice and palliative pet care (comfort-based rather than cure-based), joined her in her venture. Dr. Kocher is now accepting clients through out the greater eastern Cleveland area.
Care is provided right from the client’s home, where both the pet and the guardian feel more comfortable. The philosophy of hospice care is to provide and facilitate care for geriatric and terminally ill animals and offering palliative care and pain relief as an alternative to suffering, premature euthanasia, or time spent away from the family while in intensive care. Guardians do not have to transport their pets to and from the clinic which allows the family to spend more precious quality time at home with their pet. Treating sick or frail animals at home also prevents them from getting car sick and alleviates the anxiety of traveling to the veterinary hospital. Additionally, diagnosis can be easier since the veterinarian can observe the pet in their own environment.
Rainbow Bridge Pet Hospice and Senior Care includes pain management, nutritional supplements, orthopedic beds, heating devices, massages, and medications.
Besides giving care and comfort to pets, pet hospice also offers support and training to their guardians. For instance, if your cat has diabetes, a staff member from a pet hospice program would come to your house to show you how to give insulin shots, suggest foods the cat should eat, and teach you how to test his/her blood sugar.
Another aspect of pet hospice is helping you making very difficult final decisions regarding your pet. No guardian should have to decide to put a four-legged family member to sleep without sound professional advice and sincere compassion.
Pets and their guardians in Geauga, eastern Cuyahoga, and parts of Lake, Portage, and Summit counties can benefit from the services. Area pet owners are fortunate to have such a great service available to them!
For more information about Rainbow Bridge Pet Hospice and Senior Care, call Sharmyn Clark DVM at: 440-338-6088